|Make Talent Your Business |
|Make Talent Your Business|
By Wendy Axelrod and Jeannie Coyle
Highly talented employees are the key to every organisation’s success. Yet despite their best intentions, for most managers growing talent while successfully doing their “day jobs” and staying on top of results seems like a pipe dream. But it doesn’t have to be.
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HR strategy “to do” List
When developing your HR strategy, make sure the following items are on your “to do” list:
Align your HR needs with the company’s business needs.
Examine the organisational structure to determine if it is still relevant.
Assess the organisational culture to establish...
|Leading people in different countries |
|Leading people in different countries|
Mike Tims explains to Alan Hosking the challenges and nuances of leading people across different geographies.
What is the key to leading people in different countries?
No matter what country you’re in, organisations always require leaders with certain core competencies, but the way in which the leaders deliver on those...
|Business etiquette in China |
|Business etiquette in China|
These practical tips for engaging with people in China will help you build better relationships. By Jane Steinacker-Keys
Where most business deals in the world are based on transactions, in China it’s all about guanxi and mianzi. In essence it’s about relationships and reputation. To successfully work with the Chinese...
|Do you involve your employees? |
|Do you involve your employees?|
If handled correctly, worker involvement can lead to better performance. By Anna Paola Usai
Employers fear that the participation of workers in organisational choices could reduce competitiveness. But could this be a path to increase firm performance?
The participation of workers in organisational decisions has always raised concern amongst employers...
|Primacy of the invisible |
|Primacy of the invisible|
Managers who learn to manage what can’t be seen will be in high demand. By David Creelman
HR professionals are predisposed towards an analytical approach to management. We tease apart the pieces of any issue to achieve precision and clarity. However, at times, we should set aside our focus on...
|Dancing in the dragon's jaws |
|Dancing in the dragon’s jaws|
Success is about living each day to its fullest. By Bryan Hattingh
2012 has been heralded as a year that will deliver spiritual transformation, unprecedented change and challenge, and, according to the Doomsday protagonists, an apocalypse. People have approached and entered 2012 with a mix of fear, trepidation, excitement and/or...
|Get your performance management right - Part One |
|Get your performance management right - Part One|
A “common sense” practical approach to performance management will work wonders for your company. By Dr Mark Bussin
I have been talking at conferences and lecturing to thousands of people for several years. Whenever the opportunity presents itself I can’t resist asking the audience just one question.
“Who here can...
|Green Paper: Post School Education and Training |
|Green Paper: Post School Education and Training|
HR and HRD practitioners are stakeholders in post school education and training so must give their input on this document. By Marietta van Rooyen
What is a Green Paper? Wikipedia defines a green paper as “a tentative government report of a proposal without any commitment to action; the first step...
|HR must face its integration issues |
|HR must face its integration issues|
Choose applications that integrate seamlessly with your other HR software. By Rob Bothma
Today all HR and payroll departments are affected by the pace of growth in technology, which has meant that HR systems have started evolving at a more rapid pace. Not only has there been continual pressure from...
|Every company needs an ethics strategy |
|Every company needs an ethics strategy|
Develop and implement a clear ethics strategy to prevent ethical issues becoming a problem. By Cynthia Schoeman
The goal of sound ethics and an ethical culture is shared by most organisations. However, building and maintaining an ethical organisation is often made more difficult because the management of ethics is not...
|Promote uptake of self service technology |
|Promote uptake of self service technology|
Intuitive self service sets you free from labour intensive and time consuming manual processes. By Peter Alkema
This second last instalment in our series on the five pillars of HR service delivery covers the technology that delivers self service transactions and information to its users. Without self service systems in...
|Don't risk prosecution |
|Don’t risk prosecutionIn prior regulations, the circumstances under which a foreign national could “work” in terms of Section 11 were defined and easily identifiable, and included but were not limited to, inter alia, the following:|
- A visiting lecturer coming to South Africa t present a lecture(s) or a conference;
- A renowned surgeon...
|Precautionary suspension unlawful? |
|Precautionary suspension unlawful?|
Execution of Labour Court judgments pending an appeal to the Labour Appeal Court. By Dr Brian van Zyl
The labour court, in MatheZindile v The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs (2010) 21 SALLR 84 (LC), recently had an opportunity to consider the following important issue:
In a scenario...
|Talent strategies for the changing world of work |
|Talent strategies for the changing world of work|
With today’s changing workforce, companies need to rethink the way they manage people. By Tracey Czakan
In the current difficult economic climate, many companies are tempted to delay talent management interventions, thinking that employees will commit one hundred percent in gratitude for just having a job. On the contrary, many...
|Public holidays for Africa |
|Public holidays for Africa|
South Africans are spoilt when it comes to the number of public holidays they have. By Yusuf Mahomedy
Let me get off the ground with a sensitive topic: public holidays. As we prepare for the long weekends ahead, it is worthwhile to consider the impact of public holidays on your...
|Get into the rhythm of life |
|Get into the rhythm of life|
Beat fatigue by living your life with rhythm. By Alan Hosking
Just about everything around us – including the universe that has been around for hundreds of billions of years – operates according to a rhythm. The rhythms may be different for different things, but they’re nevertheless there. At a...